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062322 pineywoods fishing report
B.A. Steinhagen
FAIR. Water stained; 78 degrees; 0.42 feet below. Fishing patterns are similar as we head into the weekend. Bass are fair with some topwater action early morning, switching to your favorite plastics along grass lines midday. Crappie are good using minnows and jigs on main lake structures and brush piles. Catfish are good moving shallow biting cut and cheese bait.
Bob Sandlin
GOOD. Water clear; 84 degrees; 0.56 feet low. Fish are slowing down as the water temperature increases Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good on topwaters shallow early morning, moving to 20-30 feet off points midday with your favorite plastics after the topwater bite tapers off. Catfish are good on baited holes 20-30 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Caddo
SLOW. Water stained; 79 degrees; 0.71 feet high. Fishing is tough as the water levels are down. Bass are good early morning with topwaters. There is some schooling action for smaller sized fish. Target areas with vegetation and bream beds with pop r’s and watermelon red flukes to imitate bait fish. Report provided by Vince Richards, Caddo Lake Fishing & Fellowship.
Conroe
GOOD. Slightly stained; 88 degrees; 0.54 feet below. Catfish are good on shrimp and chicken liver in 20-30 feet of water. Lots of smaller blue catfish to contend with to find the bigger cats. Hybrid striped bass are good biting on shrimp and slab spoons. Look for dense schools of shad on your electronics. Please check the Texas Parks & Wildlife to see the tooth patch between hybrids and white bass. Report by Jimmy Laux, Jimmy’s Gone Fishing Guide Service. Crappie have been tough the last few weeks in 15-23 feet on standing timber, brush piles. Catching a few per pile with a soft hit on minnows or black and chartreuse jigs with a crappie nibble. Black bass are good deadsticking weightless senkos close to brush, or with creature baits Texas rigged in 7-21 feet of water. Always wear your life jacket! Report by Mike Cason, Fishical Therapy Lake Conroe Fishing Guide.
Fork
GOOD. Water Stained; 75 degrees; 5.99 feet low. The crappie bite on Lake Fork has been just a little bit finicky this past week. Best depths have been 13-23 feet with fish in brush and suspended on laydowns and trees, or holding on the bottom of underwater bridges and road beds. Minnows are still the go to bait and the smaller the minnows the better for finicky fish. Same goes for your hand ties and soft plastics. Downsizing can make the difference between a slow day and a stellar day in the heat of the summer. Report provided by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service. Bass are good with 3/4 ounce shaky heads or football jigs in green pumpkin and orange or June bug in 14-25 feet of water off drop-offs or channel swings. Carolina rigs are good in the same areas with a 10 inch blue fleck or LFT ring fry in bluegill color good in 15-25 feet of water. Deep crankbaits are decent over long points and channel swings. DD -22 in chartreuse and blue, TW Ghost chartreuse and blue good over 18-23 feet. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell and Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Pro.
Houston County
GOOD. Water stained; 82 degrees; 0.29 feet below. Crappie are good on brush piles. Bass are fair with dropshots, crankbaits and flukes. Catfish are good on cut baits and juglines.
Lake O' the Pines 
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 84 degrees; 1.00 feet low. Fish are slowing down as the water temperature increases Crappie are fair on brush in 15-20 feet of water biting on minnow and jigs. Bass are good on topwaters shallow early morning, moving to 20-30 feet off points midday with your favorite plastics after the topwater bite tapers off. Catfish are good on baited holes 20-30 feet of water using cheese bait or cut bait. Report by Marty Thomas, Lake O the Pines Crappie Fishing.
Livingston
GOOD. Stained; 85 degrees; 0.04 feet above. Bass are fair on grass ledges using Texas rigged worms and shaky heads. Catfish are good off docks and the bank with cut bait. White bass are schooling on main lake humps and points using silver jigging spoons and small swimbaits.
Martin Creek
SLOW. 78 degrees. Water lightly stained; 0.74 feet below. Catfish are good on baited holes and off docks with cut bait. Bass are good on chatterbaits and football jigs in flooded timber. Crappie are good on mid lake brush piles with minnows and jigs.
Naconiche
GOOD. Water clear to stained; 83 degrees. Fish are in that summer pattern biting the same way. Fish are feeding on shad, so utilize small baits similar to shad size. Good numbers of post-spawn bass schooling up over deeper water. Most fish are suspended just above the thermocline depth, so count your lure down to 10-14 feet and keep it in the strike zone. A mag-worm in junebug color is getting bit in 8-12 feet of water. Try a square bill crankbait over the grass during the midday heat. Crappie population is good. Catfish are slow. Report by Eric Wolfe, NacoTack Fishing Services.
Raven
SLOW. Water stained; 84 degrees; 3 feet low. Texas heat has slowed the bite this week. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are fair on punch bait and shad. Bass are fair on topwaters in the morning, then slow on plastics offshore later in the day. Lake is still 3-4 feet low, visibility is 3-4 feet throughout most of the lake.
Sam Rayburn
GOOD. Water stained; 74 degrees; 2.06 feet low. Summer fishing pattern is locked in. Bass are good early morning with topwaters over grass transitioning to points with soft plastics midday. White bass are good in the lake off points with chrome jigs. Crappie are good on brush piles with live minnows. Bluegill are mixed in with the crappie biting on worms. Catfish are in creek channels off ledges in 18 feet of water. Report by Lynn Atkinson, Reel Um N Guide Service.
Toledo Bend
FAIR. Water stained; 78-80 degrees; 1.69 feet low. Fair. The water level is 170.4 with both generators running from 1-7:00 p.m. Water temperature at the dam is 78 degrees with surface temperature around 80. The back feeder creeks are stained, and the mainlake is clear with no rain again this week. Bass are in the full summer patterns heading to river bends and points. Early in the mornings as the sun comes up use topwater baits like Pop Rs, buzz baits, popping frogs, and spooks. Mid-morning as the fish go deeper transition to 8-12 inch ribbon tail worms and crankbaits in 12-20 feet of water. You can cast 8-12 inch dark colored worms to entice a bigger bass to bite on a Texas rig or Carolina rig. With the full moon this week, some fishermen are catching bass at night with the cooler temperatures. Crappie, bream and yellow bass are in the brush piles and lay downs in 15-25 feet of water. Crappie are biting best on crappie jigs on T-Bend’s favorite colors like monkey milk, blue ice, T-shad, and live minnows. Catfish are off in the channels and breaks. The shallow bluegill bite has been spotty as the water is getting hotter. Summer is here with air temperatures hitting the 100-103 degrees, so don’t forget to wear your sun protection and light clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. When on the water stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other potassium-packed electrolyte sports drinks, so that you don’t experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Remember to always keep your life jacket on while on the water and don’t forget to fasten your engine kill switch lanyard to your person when operating a motorized vessel on the water. Play it safe on the water, always inform your loved ones or a friend of your expected return time to port or home. Good luck and tight lines! Report from Captain Steve (Scooby) Stubbe, Mudfish Adventures LLC, Mudfish Rod Shop, Kayak and Fishing Guide Service
Tyler
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 77 degrees; 0.42 feet below. Bass are slow on trick worms. Crappie are fair in 16-18 feet of water pushing into deeper water on brush piles and submerged structures using live minnows and jigs. Bluegill are good in 16 feet of water on red worms. If you find the bluegill you will find other species feeding. Catfish are good in 16 feet of water with minnows and stink bait. Report by Paul Taylor, The Boulders at Lake Tyler.
Wright Patman
GOOD. Water lightly stained; 83 degrees; 2.34 feet above. The Texas heat has slowed the bite some. Crappie are good on main lake points using jigs and minnows. Limits of catfish are good but slowing some in the main lake using punch bait. White bass are good and the heat has them schooling biting on anything imitating shad. Report by Brooks Tarkington, Lake Wright Patman Guide Service.
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